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In late 2003, Scott Harrison was ready to make a change. After ten years as a nightclub promoter in New York City and living the fast life that accompanied it, a mysterious physical numbness, for which

A HOMEGROWN TRADITION: Be a winter gardener

Just because the weather is cold and the leaves are gone, doesn’t mean the gardening season is over. There are plenty of things to do when it’s cold and wet outside! I’ve found if I get all

Antiques and Garden Show will bring Faith Hill, Bunny Williams to Music City Center

GRAMMY®-winning superstar Faith Hill, together with her design team, architect Bobby McAlpine and interior designer Ray Booth, will share their experience of building a Bahamas island paradise in a panel discussion moderated by MILIEU Design Director Leslie

Nashville-based starts certifying restaurants as safe for people with food allergies

ABOVE: Sweet potato and truffle fries are gluten free at Burger Up Cool Springs. // SUBMITTED By BAILEY BASHAM Last month, BurgerUp Cool Springs became the third restaurant in the city to be certified by,

RAMON PRESSON: Join me at Email Hoarders Anonymous

I currently have 26,439 unread e-mails in my Gmail inbox. No, I’m not kidding. Oh wait, now it's up to 26,442. Relax, people, most of them are not important -- just ads, newsletters, and a few legal

BODY BALANCE WITH V: What does V eat?

Just like anyone, my eating habits are exceptional in some areas and not ideal in other areas. My choices in what I eat are typically great, however, the circumstances under which I eat many of my

Nashville Restaurant Week, promoting independent eateries, is Jan. 21-27

ABOVE: Blue Crab Fried Green Tomatoes from Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant in Franklin. // SUBMITTED NASHVILLE ORIGINALS Nashville Restaurant Week is Jan. 21-27, offering incentives for diners to support the independent restaurant community and celebrate its

RAMON PRESSON: A Conversation with Elvis Presley’s Paperboy, Part 2

Jim Arthur is a retired attorney from Memphis who moved with his wife, Jill, to Franklin in 2012. Jim grew up in the Blues City, not far from Graceland. In 1957, at age 12, Jim was the

RAMON PRESSON: A Conversation with Elvis Presley’s Paperboy, Part 1

Jim Arthur is a retired attorney from Memphis who moved with his wife, Jill, to Franklin in 2012. Jim grew up in the Blues City, not far from Graceland. In 1957, at age 12, Jim was the

OBITUARY: Mildred Frances Ray Harley

Mildred Frances Ray Harley, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 17, 1927 and passed away on Jan. 6, 2019. She was raised in Old Hickory and graduated from DuPont High School. After getting married, she moved

To keep your resolutions, try being mindful, live in the present

How can you actually keep your resolutions that you've made in the new year? Your good mood New Year’s resolution success will live and die by the habits you put into place to secure your desired

RAMON PRESSON: Surreal estate and the Realtors who live/love It

As I write this at my bay window on a relaxing Sunday afternoon, I know that many of my Realtor friends are dodging traffic to drive an Open House sign into the frozen ground at a busy

JC BOWMAN: Lasting relationships are the best gift of all

THE BEST GIFT OF ALL By JC Bowman Humans are not designed to live alone. We are by nature designed to live together in community to reach our full potential. English poet John Donne wrote


Do you find it comical that you can find all kinds of tips for having “stress free holidays?” I know I do. As I write this, I just finished reading an article in which the

2019 Home Garden Vegetable Calendar now available from UT Extension

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE EXTENSION Home gardeners and growers across the state can now utilize a free resource for planting in 2019. The Tennessee Home Garden Vegetable Calendar has been developed by the UT Extension Fruit

BODY BALANCE WITH V: What are you waiting for?

As we approach the end of the year, many of us are in the mind set that we will start doing something to take better care of ourselves at some point in the future. The old

TN Promise students have contributed 2 million hours of service since 2014 launch of scholarship

ABOVE: TN Promise scholarship students pose for a photo during a volunteer service opportunity in 2015. // FILE PHOTO   tnAchieves TN Promise scholarship students have volunteered at community events and for numerous organizations over the

RAMON PRESSON: PETA people picked a prickly pepper

I’m not making this up. This past week the PETA organization requested that we stop using the phrase “Bring home the bacon,” insisting that it is comparable to racist and homophobic language. The People for the Ethical

BODY BALANCE BY V: What are you really willing to do?

One of the more frequent conversations I have with clients surrounds the statement “I don’t understand why I am not losing weight” or “I don’t understand where this extra weight is coming from.” It’s one of those

Festival of Trees winners picked in fund raiser for The Arc disability rights and support groups

ABOVE: Pictured at the Festival of Trees from left are: Sharon Bottorff, executive director of The Arc Williamson County; Elise McMillan, JD, co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and past president of

Gift card scammers have stolen 44% more from Tennesseans in 2018, compared to 2017

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCE Tennesseans lost nearly $1 million – over $943,000 – through prepaid gift card scams in 2018, which is a 44 % increase compared to 2017, according to the Federal Trade


A couple of years ago, as my wife and I were on a several-hour car trip, she suggested we listen to a podcast that included an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton: An American Musical,”

JAROD TANKSLEY: Holiday decorating advice from a home stager/interior designer

Holidays are always a great way to showcase your home. I recently had a great conversation with Jamie Watford Owner/President of JW Nash & Co. Interior Decorator & Certified Home Stager and she suggested the

New leader named for Begin Anew, which provides support, education, job and language training to those in need

Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee, formerly Christian Women’s Job Corps, announced Wednesday that Heather Norvell has been named the ministry’s executive director, replacing 18-year Executive Director Rebekah (Becky) K. Sumrall. Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee is

RAMON PRESSON: Much a do-do about nothing

“petty” adjective. 1. of little importance; trivial. Synonyms: trivial, trifling, minor, small, insignificant, inconsequential, inconsiderable, negligible, paltry, footling, pettifogging adjective. 2. of secondary or lesser importance, rank, or scale examples: "petty cash, petty official, petty theft” 3.